It was a quiet Day 2 for the Seattle Seahawks, who in spite of that still managed to make a lot of noise about how their season is going to go.
First and foremost, the Seahawks didn’t trade Earl Thomas like we all thought would happen. So, barring some really unforeseen circumstance, it looks like Thomas will play out his deal and probably walk after the season’s over. I guess there was never the right package of picks to make it work, and I’m okay with that. I mean, what if all we could get was a 4th rounder; would you still trade him? I wouldn’t. A 3rd rounder? Maybe if it was at the very top of the 3rd round, but I would’ve still probably felt awfully shitty about it. I think it was a 2nd rounder or bust, and once Dallas picked at 50, it really felt like a bullet was dodged, for better or for worse.
Another more positive move featured the Seahawks bringing back Byron Maxwell on a 1-year deal, for around $3 million (with incentives). I don’t know if the incentives part of it brings it UP to $3 million, or if it’s $3 million PLUS incentives. Either way, not too big a price for a guy we know fits well within our system. He’s no Richard Sherman, but he’s an okay stopgap (assuming the Seahawks find a diamond in the rough on Day 3).
Finally, the Seahawks and all of us fans had to wait FOREVER for the Seahawks to pick. We finally got to the 12th pick in the 3rd round, and WHAT DO YOU KNOW, the Seahawks traded back again! Only three spots, to the 15th in the round, and acquired an extra 7th rounder in the process. So, now our draft board looks like this:
- 1st Round – Rashaad Penny, RB
- 3rd Round – Rasheem Green, DL
- 4th Round – 20th pick
- 5th Round – 4th pick
- 5th Round – 9th pick
- 5th Round – 19th pick
- 5th Round – 31st pick
- 6th Round – 12th pick
- 7th Round – 2nd pick
- 7th Round – 8th pick
Rasheem Green. Out of USC. He’s apparently a 2nd round talent who fell into the 3rd round because of a medical concern. That concern relates to an old high school injury, which the Seahawks’ medical team took a look at twice and deemed worth the risk. A knee maybe? I dunno. Anyway, he’s supposed to be really good. I guess he thought he was going to be a first rounder – hence why he left the Trojans as a Junior – but he wasn’t, and now he’s set to have a HUGE chip on his shoulder. I think we all can appreciate that.
Michael Bennett comps like the day is long. Similar body sizes, similar games on the field. He plays outside, he plays inside. He’s not super good against the run right now, and the Seahawks are aware of that, so I wouldn’t expect him to be an every-down player right out of the box. Likely in super obvious passing situations, you’ll see him in the Nascar Package (likely in that Malik McDowell role he would’ve played if he wasn’t a moron) on the interior, but for the most part I’d bet you’ll see him on the outside. Also, he’s only 20 years old right now, so best not to throw him totally into the fire playing ALL those Michael Bennett snaps.
I like it! No character concerns obviously play a big role in that. But, there’s also no concerns about him dogging it in games. He was the best player on USC’s line, and as a result had a lot of attention on him from opposing offenses. The fact that he was still as productive as he was speaks volumes. My hope is that he comes in, finds a spark, and continues to grow over his first four years. He could legitimately be one of the greats in this league.
Or, he could be Lawrence Jackson. Yeah, don’t think his name didn’t bust through my mind when I saw where he came from (I see what I did there).